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Stormy Morgan left her hometown of Shadow Hills, Michigan, with one goal: to write the great American novel and strike it rich. She sold her novel not long after college, did relatively well, and then fell off a cliff into obscurity. Now, without a book contract, she’s back at her family restaurant in a one-stoplight town … and she’s convinced things couldn’t possibly get Stormy Morgan left her hometown of Shadow Hills, Michigan, with one goal: to write the great American novel and strike it rich. She sold her novel not long after college, did relatively well, and then fell off a cliff into obscurity. Now, without a book contract, she’s back at her family restaurant in a one-stoplight town … and she’s convinced things couldn’t possibly get worse.  That feeling only lasts until her first shift, when on a trip to the storage building behind the restaurant, she literally trips over a body.  Roy Axe, Shadow Hills most hated “Axehole,” died a hard death only feet from the restaurant (and the second-floor apartment Stormy currently resides in). The detective on the case is none other than Hunter Ryan, Stormy’s high school boyfriend, and the man who occasionally still calls to her in dreams. Hunter only cares about solving a mystery – nothing else – so their reunion is tense.  In an attempt to distract herself from what’s happening, Stormy and her cousin Alice get drunk one night and pull out their great-grandmother’s old Ouija board, and it sets off a strange string of events, most of which seem magical … if you believe in that sort of thing, and Stormy isn’t sure she does.  Stormy has trouble deciding which problem to focus on, so she avoids them all until things start blowing up in her face. Shadow Hills is a small town but the secrets that plague it run deep. Stormy is a woman – or maybe a witch – lost in a sea of magic and despair … but murder might just lead her out of it. That is if she can survive to solve the case, that is. 


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Stormy Morgan left her hometown of Shadow Hills, Michigan, with one goal: to write the great American novel and strike it rich. She sold her novel not long after college, did relatively well, and then fell off a cliff into obscurity. Now, without a book contract, she’s back at her family restaurant in a one-stoplight town … and she’s convinced things couldn’t possibly get Stormy Morgan left her hometown of Shadow Hills, Michigan, with one goal: to write the great American novel and strike it rich. She sold her novel not long after college, did relatively well, and then fell off a cliff into obscurity. Now, without a book contract, she’s back at her family restaurant in a one-stoplight town … and she’s convinced things couldn’t possibly get worse.  That feeling only lasts until her first shift, when on a trip to the storage building behind the restaurant, she literally trips over a body.  Roy Axe, Shadow Hills most hated “Axehole,” died a hard death only feet from the restaurant (and the second-floor apartment Stormy currently resides in). The detective on the case is none other than Hunter Ryan, Stormy’s high school boyfriend, and the man who occasionally still calls to her in dreams. Hunter only cares about solving a mystery – nothing else – so their reunion is tense.  In an attempt to distract herself from what’s happening, Stormy and her cousin Alice get drunk one night and pull out their great-grandmother’s old Ouija board, and it sets off a strange string of events, most of which seem magical … if you believe in that sort of thing, and Stormy isn’t sure she does.  Stormy has trouble deciding which problem to focus on, so she avoids them all until things start blowing up in her face. Shadow Hills is a small town but the secrets that plague it run deep. Stormy is a woman – or maybe a witch – lost in a sea of magic and despair … but murder might just lead her out of it. That is if she can survive to solve the case, that is. 

30 review for Sinfully Delicious

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    3.5 stars. This book is not "great literature", but it's a lovely escape from reality for a few hours. I enjoyed it a lot. I will most definitely continue listening to this series in the future. I must however say that the title "Sinfully Delicious" doesn't make any sense. I found no real connection to the story there, but it's basically the only real complaint I have. Oh, except how infuriatingly obsessed the entire town was with Stormy and Hunter. I would have gone ballistic from far less than w 3.5 stars. This book is not "great literature", but it's a lovely escape from reality for a few hours. I enjoyed it a lot. I will most definitely continue listening to this series in the future. I must however say that the title "Sinfully Delicious" doesn't make any sense. I found no real connection to the story there, but it's basically the only real complaint I have. Oh, except how infuriatingly obsessed the entire town was with Stormy and Hunter. I would have gone ballistic from far less than what Stormy somehow endured. Oh, and I would probably have slapped Alice and disowned her as family. Gawd, I thought she was such an annoying person. I didn't see the plot twist coming in the end. I mean, I suspected something, but not exactly that. So it was great. I approve a lot when something surprises me like that. 100% WTF moment. Oh, and the eyebrows... Yeah. I loved that. Great Adam Savage moment x 2!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Beauregard

    Boring rehash mishmash I wanted to like this book. My favorite author has a new series? Great. But has she run out of ideas? It's a mix of characters and plot lines from other series, sadly. I could deal with just recycling her old stuff, as I like her old stuff. (I had to make sure I was not reading Avery Shaw after that prologue, I mean c'mon) But it was so predictable. Pedantic. Slow. I slogged through it hoping it would become unique, interesting or at the very least I would get my dose of sna Boring rehash mishmash I wanted to like this book. My favorite author has a new series? Great. But has she run out of ideas? It's a mix of characters and plot lines from other series, sadly. I could deal with just recycling her old stuff, as I like her old stuff. (I had to make sure I was not reading Avery Shaw after that prologue, I mean c'mon) But it was so predictable. Pedantic. Slow. I slogged through it hoping it would become unique, interesting or at the very least I would get my dose of snark while I read. it was a fast read. Best I can say about it. I will try the next out of hope that she will change it up.But I would rather have her focus on the top series she is already writing if anything new is just a rehash mash up. Sorry. But the 2 was out of affection for the author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I hated giving a low rating for this, as Amanda Lee is one of my favorite paranormal authors. Her Winchesters, for example, are a hoot, but here's the thing: they're all strong, capable women, even when they occasionally whine. The mc in this book was nothing like that. Sure, she had a major setback, but the whining, complaining, and rehashing ate up a lot of the story. And the maybe-maybe not with her former boyfriend kept on going. All this left not a whole lot of time for the mystery, sad to I hated giving a low rating for this, as Amanda Lee is one of my favorite paranormal authors. Her Winchesters, for example, are a hoot, but here's the thing: they're all strong, capable women, even when they occasionally whine. The mc in this book was nothing like that. Sure, she had a major setback, but the whining, complaining, and rehashing ate up a lot of the story. And the maybe-maybe not with her former boyfriend kept on going. All this left not a whole lot of time for the mystery, sad to say. I was heartened, however, with the mc's use of her recently-discovered witch-y powers. That was a good bonus! I greatly admire the author, so am already planning to give the upcoming second in the series a try. From the synopsis it sounds like it could be a winner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    Well I loved this. I love the characters especially Grandad. The family are crazy but so much fun. I loved the Humor throughout. I also liked how her powers were coming through. I love the small town vibe. The way rumors spread and goes round. I didn't get the mystery part so that was nice reading who did it and why. I can't wait to see if the romance works out and what trouble she'll get into. Well I loved this. I love the characters especially Grandad. The family are crazy but so much fun. I loved the Humor throughout. I also liked how her powers were coming through. I love the small town vibe. The way rumors spread and goes round. I didn't get the mystery part so that was nice reading who did it and why. I can't wait to see if the romance works out and what trouble she'll get into.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I wanted to read a cute and lighthearted book to cozy up with. This was not that book. From the synopsis and cover I was anticipating a cute mystery set in a charming town with a main character with new witchy powers and maybe a little romance. What I got was an incredibly repetitive and predictable story, every chapter rehashed the same conversation about a high school romance that elicited the same eyeroll worthy reaction from the main character. The magic and mystery elements of the story wer I wanted to read a cute and lighthearted book to cozy up with. This was not that book. From the synopsis and cover I was anticipating a cute mystery set in a charming town with a main character with new witchy powers and maybe a little romance. What I got was an incredibly repetitive and predictable story, every chapter rehashed the same conversation about a high school romance that elicited the same eyeroll worthy reaction from the main character. The magic and mystery elements of the story were not prominent. There were also topics and relationships that were mentioned and then never expanded on... very incomplete character building and storytelling. Maybe just not my cup of tea, still on the search for cute, cozy, and magical.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Stormy, a young writer has moved back to her hometown after her second book fails. She is doing her high school job of waitressing tin the family diner and living in her grandfathers apartment. When a man is found dead behinfpd the diner she finds her high school boyfriend is now on the force and in charge of the case. His girlfriend hates Stormy on site. And something weird is going on with her grandfather, he refuses to speak to the police, ducking out when they show up. A good read by one of Stormy, a young writer has moved back to her hometown after her second book fails. She is doing her high school job of waitressing tin the family diner and living in her grandfathers apartment. When a man is found dead behinfpd the diner she finds her high school boyfriend is now on the force and in charge of the case. His girlfriend hates Stormy on site. And something weird is going on with her grandfather, he refuses to speak to the police, ducking out when they show up. A good read by one of my favourite authors. I look forward to the next in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Una

    A nice cozy but weak on the paranormal front. Hopefully book two will pick up energy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laural

    Quite entertaining! I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the author's writing style. I look forward to reading more of her work! Quite entertaining! I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the author's writing style. I look forward to reading more of her work!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I truly dislike the MC, her beau, and quite frankly everyone in this book. Except maybe the female character who is supposedly 'the bitch'. I truly dislike the MC, her beau, and quite frankly everyone in this book. Except maybe the female character who is supposedly 'the bitch'.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrea Beard

    Nice start to new series. Looking forward to reading more in this series. Sebastian and Stormy's grandfather were great. I loved how tidbits from her Wicked Witches of the Midwest were woven in. Mystery was good. Didn't guess the ending. I recommend all of Amanda M Lee's series and her Lily Harper Hart books. As with those sex and violence are non graphic or off page. No language exactly in this book. Witch with a B was antitrust like that. So bad word was alluded to but not seen. SPOILERS SPOILER Nice start to new series. Looking forward to reading more in this series. Sebastian and Stormy's grandfather were great. I loved how tidbits from her Wicked Witches of the Midwest were woven in. Mystery was good. Didn't guess the ending. I recommend all of Amanda M Lee's series and her Lily Harper Hart books. As with those sex and violence are non graphic or off page. No language exactly in this book. Witch with a B was antitrust like that. So bad word was alluded to but not seen. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS Stormy and Hunter reminded me a little too much of Nick and Maddie in the "girl came back after leaving for a long time and now bit has a girlfriend he wanted to breakup with but doesn't right a way because he is protecting himself" situation. They aren't my favorite couple. Maddie always seems to insecure and though I know some people are like that, it doesn't mean you want to be in their head of have a lot of patience for that. Don't take me wrong I am still reading every book and enjoying them. I love all of this authors works but someone has to be in the bottom. Stormy is different than that though. She has some moments of "I failed" but that isn't all she seems to be. She isn't her insecurities. I think I will really continue to like her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    I had been warned this book wasn’t fantastic so I mentally prepared for a horrible story. Turns out I didn’t hate this book. It is by no means a literary masterpiece, the main character was a bit whiny and the book has a few too many loose endings. I will say it was an interesting enough, lighthearted story that served as a nice break to my usual choice of more serious, tragic books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa A

    Enjoyable read The book was an easy light read. If you like sarcasm and witches you should enjoy this book. Only thing was it had a slow start to the beginning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rahmawati

    I enjoy the flow of the writing so much. The conversation runs smoothly. just like the title it is so cozy. I'm thrilled to follow the protagonist journey to her new identity I enjoy the flow of the writing so much. The conversation runs smoothly. just like the title it is so cozy. I'm thrilled to follow the protagonist journey to her new identity

  14. 5 out of 5

    Delia

    Love, love, love these new characters! I don’t know how you do it but keep it up. I cannot wait for Stormy to start collaborating with Hemlock Cove. Grandpa meet Grandma.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    A great new series takes flight... I love how Amanda writes her books so she can link series to series with eventual cross-overs to build her awesome supernatural world more. I also love how new characters remind me of old characters who I love so much, it's like coming home and curling up with my favorite blanket and even though they might remind me of other characters, each one of Amanda's characters has their own distinct and unique personality which I just love. Stormy is just awesome, she lef A great new series takes flight... I love how Amanda writes her books so she can link series to series with eventual cross-overs to build her awesome supernatural world more. I also love how new characters remind me of old characters who I love so much, it's like coming home and curling up with my favorite blanket and even though they might remind me of other characters, each one of Amanda's characters has their own distinct and unique personality which I just love. Stormy is just awesome, she left her small town to pursue her writing dreams and in the end, I think what she may find is that she never needed to leave to make her writing dreams come true, I think she needed to leave so she could realize home is where her heart will always be... Hunter, gorgeous, sexy mixed up Hunter...lol oh he might as well just give it all up now he always has been and always will be Stormy's man, that is even more apparent with his choice of current girlfriend lol he picks the total opposite of Stormy. So first day back at the family restaurant and Stormy literally stumbles over a dead body... and it's someone her Grandfather had a continuous relationship with but there is no way her curmudgeonly old grandfather killed this guy... But then why is he avoiding the police??? I truly enjoyable read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Sinfully Delicious begins when the heroine finds a dead body. Now, she must figure out who the killer is while trying to come to terms with her ex being back in her life. This was a fun, crazy ride with an awesome plot and I can't wait for more. Sinfully Delicious begins when the heroine finds a dead body. Now, she must figure out who the killer is while trying to come to terms with her ex being back in her life. This was a fun, crazy ride with an awesome plot and I can't wait for more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lunar Rabbit

    I picked up this series eagerly, having been a fan of AML’s Mystic Caravan series a few years ago and expected this to hold that same light! Unfortunately...I was wrong. The book isn’t particularly bad. It has a lot of great qualities to it — the drama is television-worthy, the mystery itself was a fun puzzle to keep you cozy, and the characters were actually pretty interesting being family-centric, which is a nice change from the Only Child, Lonely Main Character. But it stops there. The complaint I picked up this series eagerly, having been a fan of AML’s Mystic Caravan series a few years ago and expected this to hold that same light! Unfortunately...I was wrong. The book isn’t particularly bad. It has a lot of great qualities to it — the drama is television-worthy, the mystery itself was a fun puzzle to keep you cozy, and the characters were actually pretty interesting being family-centric, which is a nice change from the Only Child, Lonely Main Character. But it stops there. The complaints I have about this book alone is vast. My first disappointment being that it’s not as foodie-themed as I expected. Everything about the first glance of this book (cover art, series and title name, the setting) suggested we would be met with some delicious food appreciations and baked treats that would make you wanna cook and eat while you read. With witchcraft and magic to top it off and make it even better. Talk about putting the fun in yum! Turns out, the only real reference or appreciation for food was the fact that the family owned a diner. That’s about it. And I was met with disappointment. On top of that, the writing was incredibly lackluster, filled with the same two or three conversations the MC had with each character that would only involve her history with her ex boyfriend, how badly she wanted to leave that small town she grew up with, and how her writing career burnt up in fiery flames after only writing two books. I’m not kidding. The same conversation, no matter who Stormy spoke to, was about how she was back in town and why, and about her history with her high school sweetheart. Honestly, for a small town to be that obsessed with a teenage couple that eventually burned out is really weird. It made me think this was a poor attempt at mimicking Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls and turning it into a mystery. And witches, can’t forget about the fact that there’s supposed to be magic and witchcraft in this book. Which you will. It was akin to a basic “Who dunnit?” Episode of a TV show, and then the author went back and tried to fit some witchcraft elements wherever she could. I didn’t even realize I was 30min away from finishing the book until the last second. That’s how much just...didn’t happen. Overall, if youre expecting a fun, quirky mystery filled with any kind of steam and sugar, this is not what you’re looking for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    4.5 stars! This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed this book so much! It was such a fun and light-hearted read. I devoured it in one afternoon. Stormy left her hometown and didn’t look back. She had big dreams to leave it behind, become a city girl and famous author. She wrote a successful book and secured a contract for a second and third book. When the second one flopped, her contract was pulled. Without money or success in her future, she was forced to return to the hometown she was tr 4.5 stars! This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed this book so much! It was such a fun and light-hearted read. I devoured it in one afternoon. Stormy left her hometown and didn’t look back. She had big dreams to leave it behind, become a city girl and famous author. She wrote a successful book and secured a contract for a second and third book. When the second one flopped, her contract was pulled. Without money or success in her future, she was forced to return to the hometown she was trying to forget. We find her back in her family restaurant working with her grandpa and uncle. One day she goes out to fetch some pickles and slips on something and discovers a body. Her family immediately calls the police...AKA Hunter Ryan, who just happens to be Stormy’s high school boyfriend and the one that got away. She’s horrified to be reunited with him under the circumstances, but he shows up to do his job. She finds out he has a girlfriend and tries to deny the feelings that are bubbling up inside of her. Should the past stay in the past? Or is it worth pursuing? Also in the storyline, Stormy begins to field feelings of having supernatural abilities. She’s unsure about them and seeks out information to try and and answer her questions about her family line and how that may impact her. Meanwhile, she keeps experiencing hair raising occurrences where she’s feeling watched and unsafe. Is someone out to get her? Is it related to the murder that happened in the alleyway at the restaurant and her finding the body? You will have to read to find out. This was a fun story! I enjoyed the romance aspect. It wasn’t too much and left me wanting to read more. I was glad to find out this was a series and more books will be coming! In the meantime, I’m definitely going to go read some more books by this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Heron

    Another great series. This series has some similarities to the Maddie Graves series. Stormy and Hunter are teenage sweethearts but they break up when Stormy goes away to college wanting a life away from Shadow Hills. Hunter was supposed to go with her but when the time came he wasn't able to. Roll on the years and life has not turned out as Stormy planned so here she is back in Shadow Hills living over and working at her grandfather's restaurant. Hunter is now working for the sheriffs department Another great series. This series has some similarities to the Maddie Graves series. Stormy and Hunter are teenage sweethearts but they break up when Stormy goes away to college wanting a life away from Shadow Hills. Hunter was supposed to go with her but when the time came he wasn't able to. Roll on the years and life has not turned out as Stormy planned so here she is back in Shadow Hills living over and working at her grandfather's restaurant. Hunter is now working for the sheriffs department as a deputy having never left town. Stormy and Hunter run Into each her first day back at work when she finds a dead body outside the restaurants back entrance. He seems indifferent to her but Stormy finds herself still as drawn to him as she used to be A murder in Shadow Hills is unusual so the whole town is talking about it as well as Stormy and Hunter. It's going to be a difficult crime to solve although the victim was a thoroughly disliked man there is no clear motive or suspects. It's a mystery Stormy is determined to solve -------- it takes her mind off her own problems--------- unfortunately her involving herself in the investigation hasn't gone unnoticed. Shadow Hills is the next town over from Hemlock Cove where the Winchesters live so we may get some characters crossing over in future books. Something to look forward to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This author's works are usually based around strong, confident, intelligent young women. While most of these works share many, MANY similarities, they can always be relied upon to be entertaining. This book was quite a departure. While the male leader character, true to form, was a hot cop, the female lead was pathetic: not very bright, prone to whining and feeling sorry for herself. I had no inclination to like her or to care about her poor, sorry self. Also, this was a pure cozy with only a to This author's works are usually based around strong, confident, intelligent young women. While most of these works share many, MANY similarities, they can always be relied upon to be entertaining. This book was quite a departure. While the male leader character, true to form, was a hot cop, the female lead was pathetic: not very bright, prone to whining and feeling sorry for herself. I had no inclination to like her or to care about her poor, sorry self. Also, this was a pure cozy with only a touch of paranormal. There are very few ways to handle the basis of a cozy mystery, that some amateur has a good reason to insert herself into a murder investigation and thereby ending up in need of being rescued. This is one of my biggest gripes with the genre....WHY does this waitress have to go around town questioning people about a murder? Does she think the police handling the investigation (her childhood love) is incapable of doing his job? Her bumbling about ends up getting her in a life or death situation...Oh, dear! What a surprise. However, this is how a cozy is supposed to work, so no points off there. I just did not care for the MC or the town or the family or anything else. There was no chemistry. Sorry. No book #2 for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    Loved it!! Introducing... Stormy Morgan, she's just returned home after a decade chasing her dreams. She's written a bestselling novel and her second book flopped so badly her publishers have dropped her.. now she's returned to Shadow Falls, and waitressing in her family's restaurant, to regroup and start again. A night spent drinking with her cousin Alice and a bad experience with a ouja board seems to shake something deep inside her and strange things keep happening that Stormy can't explain. Hu Loved it!! Introducing... Stormy Morgan, she's just returned home after a decade chasing her dreams. She's written a bestselling novel and her second book flopped so badly her publishers have dropped her.. now she's returned to Shadow Falls, and waitressing in her family's restaurant, to regroup and start again. A night spent drinking with her cousin Alice and a bad experience with a ouja board seems to shake something deep inside her and strange things keep happening that Stormy can't explain. Hunter Ryan, the boyfriend she reluctantly left behind, is now all grown up and a police officer who is called in when Stormy finds a body outside the restaurant.. he's trying to keep Stormy at arms length by continuing with his girlfriend even though he doesn't really seem to like her much! Events conspire to push the pair into each others company especially when Stormy finds herself digging around for answers as to who killed Roy Axe "Axehole" in the yard. The characters are funny, fully fledged and entertaining. There's plenty of quirky family and friends to mix things up too. I was hesitant because I love all the other books Lee/Hart has written and I wasn't sure she would be able to bring in a new series as equally captivating but I'm hooked already..

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela Griffin

    Sinfully Delicious describes this read! This is an amazing read! Stormy's life is SO complex: she's back in her hometown feeling a complete failure; her mother seems determined to reinforce that feeling; odd things have been happening since she played a drunken game with her cousin, Alice; she's discovered a body practically on her doorstep on her first day at work; and, the murder is being investigated by her first love, Hunter, who goes to great pains to make sure Stormy realizes he is in a rel Sinfully Delicious describes this read! This is an amazing read! Stormy's life is SO complex: she's back in her hometown feeling a complete failure; her mother seems determined to reinforce that feeling; odd things have been happening since she played a drunken game with her cousin, Alice; she's discovered a body practically on her doorstep on her first day at work; and, the murder is being investigated by her first love, Hunter, who goes to great pains to make sure Stormy realizes he is in a relationship. Whew! The backstory to the murder and the guilty are a complete, unexpectedly grimy surprise. This is an imaginative, beautifully constructed, and complete tale that still manages to dangle intriguing lures that can be followed up later in the series. Has Stormy been manifesting certain talents unbeknownst to anyone? Does her grandfather know, and does he have his own secrets? Will there be a deeper connection with the Winchesters? Stormy may have been eager to shake off the dust from Shadow Hills; I, for one, can't wait to get back!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Genie Taber

    A Great New Series Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill is a terrific new series from one of my favorite authors , and set in my home state of Michigan as most of her series are .This one has a new set of unique characters and engaging settings and situations. One of the fun things for me is trying to figure out where in Michigan the fictional towns are supposed to be located (Yes, I'm strange that way!) and I got a real kick out of the mention of Dead Man's Hill. (Now I'm going to wonder if it's supposed A Great New Series Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill is a terrific new series from one of my favorite authors , and set in my home state of Michigan as most of her series are .This one has a new set of unique characters and engaging settings and situations. One of the fun things for me is trying to figure out where in Michigan the fictional towns are supposed to be located (Yes, I'm strange that way!) and I got a real kick out of the mention of Dead Man's Hill. (Now I'm going to wonder if it's supposed to be located anywhere near the Dead Man's Hill we used to visit every summer when I was a kid! Our annual trips Up North always included an outing there.) Anyway,I'm not really very good at writing reviews but will say this is a very fun read and I'm looking forward to more of this series in the future... especially if/when it intersects with my other favorite, The Wicked Witches of the Midwest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Read it for the leads Stormy and Hunter are the leads in this series, and yeah, it’s the typical witchy heroine and cop boyfriend that reappears in almost all of Lee’s novels. But they maintain enough of their own personality that it’s not too much an issue of copying other characters. The mystery is relatively good, as well—while it wasn’t a complicated WhoDunnit, the motivation was a surprise. But oh, the downsides. Besides the obnoxious grandparent trope, the scenes with Stormy and her grandfat Read it for the leads Stormy and Hunter are the leads in this series, and yeah, it’s the typical witchy heroine and cop boyfriend that reappears in almost all of Lee’s novels. But they maintain enough of their own personality that it’s not too much an issue of copying other characters. The mystery is relatively good, as well—while it wasn’t a complicated WhoDunnit, the motivation was a surprise. But oh, the downsides. Besides the obnoxious grandparent trope, the scenes with Stormy and her grandfather were repetitive to the point I thought I had accidentally set my kindle back a chapter. It was literally the same conversation multiple chapters in a row, and it lost any efficacy of emphasizing how Stormy felt by the third, let alone fourth, repetition. Lee’s got a deft hand with dialogue and can create really compelling characters. Fingers crossed that Stormy and Hunter move past easy comparisons to Bay et al, and become fully fleshed characters in their own right.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy P

    Love the new series I really liked the h/H. Stormy is from a small town near Hemlock Cove. She swore she'd get out of the small town and become a writer. Hunter was her high school boyfriend and the two shared a deep connection. They broke up when he stayed in town and she left to chase her dreams. Ten years later, after a hit novel them a bust, she is forced back home to regroup. He is now an officer and dating. They've again after she literally stumbled over a dead body. Sparks fly in so many w Love the new series I really liked the h/H. Stormy is from a small town near Hemlock Cove. She swore she'd get out of the small town and become a writer. Hunter was her high school boyfriend and the two shared a deep connection. They broke up when he stayed in town and she left to chase her dreams. Ten years later, after a hit novel them a bust, she is forced back home to regroup. He is now an officer and dating. They've again after she literally stumbled over a dead body. Sparks fly in so many ways the week she gets home. With with Hunter and within herself. Something was awakened in her and now she's randomly displaying signs of magic. She has a worthy history in her family tree on her mom's side, but it's kept secret because they are ashamed. It leaves her with no one to ask questions to. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the series goes!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jen Linton

    A new series to love! The latest new series from Amanda M Lee does not disappoint...it's another wonderful new world for us to share with her and the first story in the series is off to a great start. Once I started, I couldn't put it down! Some familiar names since it's set in the next town over from Hemlock Cove, and the snarky family relationships that we all love from Ms. Lee make this a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed Stormy reconnecting with the people she grew up, especially as she an A new series to love! The latest new series from Amanda M Lee does not disappoint...it's another wonderful new world for us to share with her and the first story in the series is off to a great start. Once I started, I couldn't put it down! Some familiar names since it's set in the next town over from Hemlock Cove, and the snarky family relationships that we all love from Ms. Lee make this a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed Stormy reconnecting with the people she grew up, especially as she and Hunter find their way back to each other. Like all of her books, his adventure is leading to what is likely (hopefully) their biggest challenge ever...and I can't wait! These are great books to escape in for a bit, with fun and relatable characters you can't help but love - can't wait for the next one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Jones

    Interesting New Series Stormy is back in her small home town, working as a waitress in her grandfather's diner. When she left for college she thought it would be for good. But, after one best seller in women's fiction and one other book that went nowhere, she returned home, to find a dead man behind her apartment. This was a good first book in a new series. As in any first book there was world building and character development that slowed the pace in the beginning, but was critical to the series Interesting New Series Stormy is back in her small home town, working as a waitress in her grandfather's diner. When she left for college she thought it would be for good. But, after one best seller in women's fiction and one other book that went nowhere, she returned home, to find a dead man behind her apartment. This was a good first book in a new series. As in any first book there was world building and character development that slowed the pace in the beginning, but was critical to the series. The trope is a well loved one, find a dead body, detective is your ex-boyfriend, etc. I found what stood out for me in this book was the heroine's grandfather. All his old stories and words of wisdom, and constantly telling Stormy "you know what your problem is" was endearing to me. Wish I had a grandpa like that. He was the best character in the book. Also what I like is where the series will go with Stormy's unusual gift.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Witch Way to Go? Leaving Shadow Hills after college, Stormy Morgan hits the heights with a New York Times bestselling book. But when her 2nd book is a financial dud, she finds herself back home working in her Grandpa's restaurant. Worse still is running into town cop Hunter when the body of a local sleazeball is found murdered in the alley behind the restaurant. She broke Hunter's heart when she left town. Amidst town gossip swirling around the two of them reconnecting & his current girlfriend, M Witch Way to Go? Leaving Shadow Hills after college, Stormy Morgan hits the heights with a New York Times bestselling book. But when her 2nd book is a financial dud, she finds herself back home working in her Grandpa's restaurant. Worse still is running into town cop Hunter when the body of a local sleazeball is found murdered in the alley behind the restaurant. She broke Hunter's heart when she left town. Amidst town gossip swirling around the two of them reconnecting & his current girlfriend, Monica, being horrible to Stormy, she needs to uncover the reason for a strange new ability she has. Plus find out who killed Roy? If you like paranormal cosies with a ton of snark & intriguing characters, this series is for you. In fact, any of Amanda M Lee's series are worth the reading. Ms Lee is a prolific writer so there's are new additions to her series' frequently

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A brand new series with lots of magical potential I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes it can take a little while to get into new characters and a new series, but this felt like reading about long list friends. Stormy is returning home after living the dream then having the rug pulled out from under her. She's gone full circle, from small town with a hot boyfriend to illustrious career, travelling from city to city and then back home again...This time though, with nothing. She has nothing to show A brand new series with lots of magical potential I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes it can take a little while to get into new characters and a new series, but this felt like reading about long list friends. Stormy is returning home after living the dream then having the rug pulled out from under her. She's gone full circle, from small town with a hot boyfriend to illustrious career, travelling from city to city and then back home again...This time though, with nothing. She has nothing to show from her short moment in the sun. The hot boyfriend she left behind to peruse her career and although he's still in town, and just as hot -if not more-so - is in a fully committed relationship. When Stormy exits the rear of the family restaurant she works at and resides over and stumbles -literally - over a dead body she is thrown face to face with her ex., who is now a police officer, only to realise after all these years that she still has feelings for him. It doesn't help that her busy body (large extended) family are all speculating that it's only a matter of time before the fall I to each other's arms again. Whilst grappling with her feelings of failure as well as her feelings for Hunter (the ex), Stormy decided to do what she can to find the murderer as she feels invested in it as she found him. All this is in addition to the strange things happening to her after a drunken night with a Ouija board and the vehemence from Hunter's current girlfriend. It appears that someone is out to get Stormy. Who though? Could it be the murderer, the crazy new girlfriend or someone else entirely! Only time will tell. Once again Ms Lee has let her superb imagination run wild and produce a fantastic book. I also love the closeness to Hemlock Cove, including the dreams Stormy has including very questionable leggings, and I'm sure moving forward -especially with the hints of Stormy's great grandmother knowing a certain Inn owner in Hemlock Cove - we will meet up with the wicked witches of Midwest and let's not forget their favourite police chief who also happens to be a mentor of sorts of Hunter. So all in all I'm looking forward to this new series moving forward. The best part of all (well kind of) is that I didn't notice any errors at all this first read through. It seems the proof-readers and editing team have really upped their game. Well done and thank you. As ever a final thank you to Amanda M Lee (don't like to presume to call her by her first name when I don't know her 😁). Thanks for another wonderful book. You get better all the time - although I still have my reaping favourites 😋

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    I love the majority of the books written by Amanda Lee, but I am reserving judgment on this one. It appeared to be a mish-mash of several elements from other series. The trademark snark (which I usually love) was pretty juvenile in this one - really, the grandfather licking the food to be served to a customer? And every other sentence was "Hunter" - the murder mystery definitely took a backseat in the storyline. The witch thing seemed to be thrown in at random. I realize this is the first in a s I love the majority of the books written by Amanda Lee, but I am reserving judgment on this one. It appeared to be a mish-mash of several elements from other series. The trademark snark (which I usually love) was pretty juvenile in this one - really, the grandfather licking the food to be served to a customer? And every other sentence was "Hunter" - the murder mystery definitely took a backseat in the storyline. The witch thing seemed to be thrown in at random. I realize this is the first in a series and those generally aren't the best books in the series while the author is setting up the background and characters, so I will be giving the second one a chance to see if this evens out.

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